[nabs-l] Question about SSI

Jennifer Aberdeen freespirit328 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 5 18:54:30 UTC 2016


Hello,

I just wanted to put my two cents in regarding SSI.

I think it depends on the state you live in whether your amount gets reduced 
or not. I started receiving SSI when I turned eighteen, received the full 
amount while living with my parents and I did not pay rent. I paid for 
things like telephone and cable, but not rent.

Later, I attended the Carroll Center for five months and still received my 
full amount...I too went home on the weekends though.

Now I live in my own apartment and of course pay rent so I get the full 
amount.

Social Security never asked me anything and never said anything to me about 
where I lived. I live in Rhode Island. Don't know if it makes a difference, 
but I'm guessing it all depends on which state you live in.

Jen
-----Original Message----- 
From: Elizabeth Mohnke via NABS-L
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2016 2:42 PM
To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
Cc: Elizabeth Mohnke
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello Kennedy,

Thank you for providing this information. It is good to know that Social
Security reduces the amount of the check you receive if you are not paying
rent. However, as I understand it, most people who attend NFB training
centers such as the Louisiana Center for the Blind do not pay rent as this
is generally paid as a part of attending an NFB training center. Therefore,
I do not see what the difference would be in terms of the amount of Social
Security would be.

However, with this said, I believe it is a good practice to pay rent as an
adult while living with your parents. Even if someone lives nearby on
campus, but then comes home on the weekends to do laundry, eat some nice
home cooking food, and use the internet while staying the night, these are
all expenses that require money, even if someone is just using these
services on a limited basis on the weekends. Paying a small amount of rent
on a monthly basis will satisfy the rent requirement from Social Security
while demonstrating to your parents that you are a responsible adult who is
willing to help contribute to household expenses.  While this may not
automatically mean that your parents will treat you like an adult rather
than a child, taking steps in acting like a responsible adult will more
likely lead to your parents interacting with you as an adult rather than a
child.

Anyway, I hope this information is helpful.

Warm regards,
Elizabeth

-----Original Message-----
From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of KENNEDY
STOMBERG via NABS-L
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 11:44 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Cc: KENNEDY STOMBERG <kestomberg at coe.edu>
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Question about SSI

Hello.

I didn't report my change of address until after I had arrived. So, if your
Social Security representative isn't great at answering phone calls, you can
leave a voicemail for them. If they don't get back to you, just keep calling
until they answer so you can tell them that you have changed your address.
As for living in your dorm, you may still want to report that, especially if
you will not be paying rent at your home. This is important, because if you
do not pay rent, they may reduce the amount that you get paid.
I hope this helps! :-)

Kennedy Stomberg
(218)295-2391

> On Jun 2, 2016, at 9:03 PM, Vejas Vasiliauskas via NABS-L
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
> I have a couple of questions regarding SSI.
> I am going to graduate from LCB in two weeks and moving back home for the
summer, so I know that I will need to report that I am living back home.
How far in advance do I need to do this, bearing in mind that my social
security rep is not the best at answering calls?
> Secondly, I am going to be moving to my dorm in August.  The college that
I am staying at is only 20 minutes away from home, which means that I can
always go home on weekends and can come and go as I please.  I would
obviously be staying at home for breaks also.  Would I still need to report
about staying in the dorm?
> Thanks,
> Vejas
>
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